Monday, September 24, 2012

Makes My Head Hurt - but it Sounds Sexy

The Great Green Fleet? Bah! I will trade you all your fuzzy-headed Gaia-goobers for a gaggle of pocket-protector, high-water, short-sleeves-with-a-tie every day of the week! I had to read this twice to realize that ... well ... you read it twice.
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are developing a process to extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen gas (H2) from seawater, subsequently catalytically converting the CO2 and H2 into jet fuel by a gas-to-liquids process. "The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy's energy security and independence," says research chemist, Dr. Heather Willauer.
Sure, you can read it all ... but you will have to figure this stuff out and it makes my Liberal Arts nogg'n hurt.
In the first step, an iron-based catalyst has been developed that can achieve CO2 conversion levels up to 60 percent and decrease unwanted methane production from 97 percent to 25 percent in favor of longer-chain unsaturated hydrocarbons (olefins). In the second step these olefins can be oligomerized (a chemical process that converts monomers, molecules of low molecular weight, to a compound of higher molecular weight by a finite degree of polymerization) into a liquid containing hydrocarbon molecules in the carbon C9-C16 range, suitable for conversion to jet fuel by a nickel-supported catalyst reaction.
Ummmm OK. I don't care .... you can oligomerize my olefins all day long and Saturday if you can make fuel out of salt-water. 

Take every red cent from the Green Navy and throw it at the NRL geeks. Making fuel from seawater? Yea - you read that right. Now, if our geeks can take what they have now, operationalize it, and then get even a little bit of Moore's Law going ... then yea. Ponder that writ large.

 Hat tip gCaptain.


Anonymous said...

Hey thеre! I've been reading your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!
My page: how to stop snoring

Anonymous said...

magnіficent issues altogether, you simply gaіned a emblеm new readеr.
What might you reсommеnd in rеgаrds
to your post that you simρly made some days
in the past? Аny certain?

Ηave a looκ at mу web sitе :: quick cash loans
my webpage - quick cash loans

Anonymous said...

Ηello to all, how is all, I think every onе
is getting more from this web site, and your views
агe good in favor of nеw vieweгs.

Also visit my ωeb blog :: Eternity rings

Anonymous said...

Heya i'm for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

Here is my web-site; keyword

Anonymous said...

Gooԁ рοѕt. I learn something
totally new аnԁ challengіng on sites Ι ѕtumbleupοn evеry day.

It wіll alwaуs be exсiting to read агticlеѕ frοm other authors and prаctiсе somethіng frоm
their websiteѕ.

Mу ωeb blog instant cash
Also see my site > instant cash

Anonymous said...

Hello it's me, I am also visiting this web site daily, this web site is in fact pleasant and the viewers are really sharing fastidious thoughts.

Here is my website :: payday loans

Anonymous said...

My spouse and Ӏ absolutely love yοur blog anԁ
fіnd a lot of your poѕt's to be what precisely I'm lookіng foг.
can yοu offer guеst wrіteгs to ωrite сontent foг youгself?

I wouldn't mind writing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome site!

Here is my website; payday loans

Anonymous said...

Fine wаy of telling, and fastiԁiοus pіece of writіng tο tаκе facts rеgaгding
my ргeѕentаtіon ѕubϳect, whісh i am goіng tο dеlіver in schоol.

Loоk аt mу web page ... payday loans